What's the used Seat Ibiza hatchback like?
If you’ve entertained the vague notion that the Seat Ibiza shares a family resemblance with the Volkswagen Polo, you’d be right. Spanish brand Seat has long played the role of understudy in the Volkswagen Group empire, putting in just as much work as its more prestigious Volkswagen and Audi partners, but rarely getting its time in the spotlight.
As a result, cars such as the Ibiza, which to all intents and purposes is a Polo under the skin, have represented good options for the cost-conscious motorist.
The engines all made their way over from the Polo, and include everything from a 1.0-litre petrol to a 1.4-litre ‘twincharger’ supercharged and turbocharged unit, plus diesels in 1.2-, 1.4- and 1.6-litre capacities. VW's DSG dual-clutch automatic gearbox was offered alongside cheaper manual versions.
Throw in a wide range of trim levels and there’s bound to be an Ibiza to suit most needs and tastes, and while it was never quite as grown-up to drive as its Polo stablemate, or as much fun as the Fiesta, the Ibiza did find a respectable middle ground between the two.
More important for the used buyer, perhaps, is that the Ibiza has always been keenly priced compared with the Polo – and to some extent, the Fiesta – and offers a bold exterior design and a more dynamic image than rivals from Japan and Korea.